18 May 3 Ways to Actually Enjoy the Doing Part of Your Day
via Thrive Global by Emily Madill
How many times during the week do you feel overwhelmed?
Do you spend more time worrying about the giant stack of things before you than actually doing the things?
Imagine how much lighter the day would feel by eliminating the unnecessary worry that accompanies tasks.
There is a feeling of ease that comes when we slow down and allow our minds to match the pace of our bodies.
We may get result from action, but it’s how we approach the action – how we feel in our being – that makes all the difference in the doing part of our day.
When we focus on the present moment, it’s easier to see what the next best step is. It becomes easier to experience first-hand, that putting one foot in front of the other, is an ideal approach to life.
Slowing down to get things done can feel counterintuitive. After all, the giant list rarely completes itself. But the added stress brought on from worrying, rushing or pushing to get multiple things done at once – while seemingly effective at first – doesn’t actually get us further ahead.
When we have too much on the go at one time, we are more apt to miss something that ends up creating more stress and struggle than necessary.
According to Cleveland Clinic, a non-profit medical center that integrates clinical and hospital care with research and education, “Studies show that when our brain is constantly switching gears to bounce back and forth between tasks – especially when those tasks are complex and require our active attention – we become less efficient and more likely to make a mistake.”
A methodical, single-focused approach to daily doing is a much gentler and efficient way to accomplish more and actually feel good during the process.
None of us will likely arrive at the end of our journey and remember the accumulation of our to-dos and tasks over a lifetime. It’s more likely that we will reminisce about the quality of our doing – the feeling, the being and the living – that happened inside of our life journey.
When I find myself overwhelmed, or focused on too many things at one time, I know it’s my cue to slow down.
These are the 3 strategies that help me remember to take one step at a time and experience more being while I’m doing. If they resonate, give them a try.
1) Plan Ahead
Being organized is a helpful way to eliminate worry before it begins. I’m an advocate for having a weekly planning ritual to organize my days ahead of time. The idea is to pick a day each week that’s easy for you to stick to. I take out my planner every Sunday to map out the week.
Having a regular planning ritual is a great way to get all of the tasks and plans for the week out of your head and onto paper. Then your mind doesn’t need to loop around trying to remember what is next. You’ve taken care of that before the week even begins.
Planning your week ahead of time also helps you see where you may need to set boundaries around your time and where you have added time for rest and play.
Planning ahead helps you get clear on what you might want to add or take off the list before you even begin. Then when your week begins, you have the structure in place and instead of thinking about what is next, you have space to enjoy the task before you…
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